Summer is a time of sun, sea, and sand. But sand isn't just the stuff of beach holidays — we hear how it's being used in East Africa and with what impact. We also pay a visit to a town in Italy that is inundated by cruise ships, and we join a scientific expedition studying warming temperatures in the deep ocean.
Living Planet: A rare breed
This week we hear stories about different species in the animal kingdom: nutria, pangolins, the golden lancehead pit viper. According to the United Nations, one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, many within the coming decades. But as famed primatologist and conservation advocate Jane Goodall explains, animals aren't so different from us humans.
Living Planet: It's getting hot in here!
Dangerous heat waves and raging wildfires across Europe and Alaska have destroyed huge areas of land. Droughts in other parts of the world have pushed people to the brink of their existence and led to climate migration. As temperatures are soaring, so is the demand for air conditioning which creates its own vicious cycle. One solution: harvesting wastewater to help cool down buildings.
Living Planet: Diving deep
This week on the show, we visit the Pescadero Basin off Mexico's Pacific coast and shipwrecks in the cold waters of the Baltic Sea. Exploring the oceans – from tube worms to sea turtles – we look at the rich life they sustain. We'll also be asking what impact we humans have on our seas.
Living Planet: Bolivia's water woes
Bolivia has been dealing with torrential rains and landslides, but is suffering from a lack of drinking water as glaciers melt away. That's why the mostly indigenous people of the highland cities decided to take matters into their own hands and start their own local water supplies. Thomas Kruchem went to explore and began his quest in the metropolis of El Alto. His report is presented by Sue Cox.